|Language:||Old North French|
|Origin:||wast, from wast (adjective); WASTE3|
waste1 S2 W3
when something such as money or skills are not used in a way that is effective, useful, or sensible
bad use[singular, uncountable]
Being unemployed is such a waste of your talents.
Many believe that state aid is a waste of taxpayers' money.
What a waste of all that good work!
excessive waste in state spending
if something goes to waste, it is not used:
Don't let all this food go to waste.
to be not worth the time, money etc that you use because there is little or no result:
We should never have gone - it was a total waste of time.
unwanted materials or substances that are left after you have used something:
The emphasis now is on recycling household waste.
industrial/chemical etc waste
proposals to end the dumping of industrial waste into rivers and seas
the disposal of hazardous waste
someone who has no good qualities
a large area of land where there are very few people, plants, or animals
landSG [plural] literary
the icy wastes of Antarctica